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Preserving the Prickly Pear Bounty!

 
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Prickly Pear are an amazing Permaculture plant with lots of uses. It may be one of the most useful plants for drier areas. They are great for stacking functions and producing food from very little.

We produce jellies, wines, syrup, candy, green vegetable, pickled vegetable, dried vegetable, living fences, and paint sealer. And they can do much more!

This is what we do with them on our place:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Preserving-Prickly-Pears/


 
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In Texas there is a distillery that makes a moonshine with the leaves.
Besides great cattle food when spines are removed.

I would not waste the fruit on hootch but I would wonder what a wine would taste like?
 
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I've got a prickly pear wine aging right now, and the taste is decent.
 
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